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Cobot Colleagues from Universal Robots Aid Scott Fetzer Electrical Group
By Brian F. Dillman, Area Sales Manager — East, Universal Robots USA
A mobile fleet of Universal Robots' (UR) collaborative robots, or "cobots," now receive daily work orders to solve ever-changing tasks for high-mix, low-volume electronics manufacturer Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG). These cobots have optimized production at the company by 20 ...
Creating a Culture of Service and Engagement at Cirtronics
By Tim Piotrowski, Marketing and Media Manager, Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Since opening its doors in 1979, employee-owned contract manufacturer Cirtronics has always applied principles of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement to set itself apart from its competitors. In addition, President and CEO Gerardine Ferlins wanted to create a work environment ...
Developing an Ultra-Low-Voiding Solder Alloy
By Ralph Lauwaert, Technical Engineer, Interflux
Void formation under components with large soldering planes and low stand-off heights, such as QFN components, is a well-known problem. The use of such components is on the rise, making it increasingly difficult for designers, SMT line operators and quality control staff to meet IPC ...
Essemtec's Technology Advances NASA Space Missions
By Steve Pollock, Vice President, Essemtec USA
Since 1960, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has provided NASA with mission-critical design, development and integration of space systems. The center develops technology for space operations, exploration and other scientific missions.
Extraction Tool for RF Probes with Snap-In Cable Connectors
By Matthias Zapatka, CTO, INGUN USA
Many of INGUN's RF probes are designed to move in the z-axis during compression. This creates proper contacting pressure for the outer and center conductors of the probe. Some of these probe types have snap-in connectors for the cable connection. Most commonly used are SMPM and MCX ...
Heraeus Opens SMT Customer Applications Lab
West Conshohocken, PA — Heraeus Electronics has opened a new SMT applications lab at its facility in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The multi-million dollar investment is a fully-functional SMT assembly line that customers can use to optimize their processes, collaborate on product development and troubleshoot ...
How Smart is Smart Enough?
By Philip Stoten (@philipstoten)
"Smart" may be one of the most overused words in the SMT industry right now. We seem to throw the word around whenever the opportunity presents itself. But what do we actually mean by it?
NEO Tech Tackles Mid-Life Design Upgrade for Medical OEM
By Steve Heinzen, VP of Marketing, NEO Tech Engineering Services
Medical electronics hardware requires periodic upgrades; it's the nature of the beast. In one such case, a major medical OEM that builds radiology equipment needed to incorporate an upgrade. The OEM offers an extensive line of imaging equipment and the associated supporting injector ...
Yamaha Improves Capacity for Legacy EMS Provider TSI
By Ed Nauss, Global Account Manager, SMT Business Group, Yamaha Motor IM
Technical Services, Inc. (TSI), is the oldest EMS provider in the Northwestern U.S., according to Abdul Sharif, TSI's VP and COO. Founded in 1973, the company has progressed from hand assembly to high-speed manufacturing, using today's most challenging components. With multiple SMT manufacturing ...
Here Come the Giants!
By Philip Stoten (
While progress has been made in the SMT smart factory sector over the past few years, we still don't have a complete picture. As yet, we have no definitive machine-to-machine (M2M) communication standard, and no single shining smart factory industry leader. Enter the giants! ...
Matric Group: Success through Full Lifecycle Product Support
By Jim Harris
When it comes to cutting-edge electronics assembly technology, Western Pennsylvania is not likely to be the first place in the U.S. that comes to mind. However, the knowledge and dedication of Matric Group's engineers and staff have made the company a go-to manufacturer of electronic ...
Motion Sensors Partners with Juki to Become World-Class
By Nic Meadows, Engineer, Motion Sensors, Inc.
Small manufacturing companies often have to battle the preconception that their size means that they do not have the capabilities necessary to create the highest-quality products. Motion Sensors, Inc. (MSI), a family-run OEM that creates custom sensors for specific customer applications ...
Juki Enables Connect Tech's "Exact Fit" Solutions
By Dan Banks, Technology Lead — Manufacturing Operations, Connect Tech
When off-the-shelf products are not an option, a nimble engineering team steps in. A designer and manufacturer of computer interface products, Connect Tech specializes in providing these "exact fit" solutions for a wide range of industries. The company continues to build a reputation ...
Preserving Signal Integrity in RF Probing Applications
By Don Feurestein, Applied Engineering Solutions
It is often assumed that signal transition is ideal from microstrip or coplanar waveguide transmission lines to coaxial connectors when high-frequency signals are measured on a PCB. In reality, this transition is not ideal and may be the source of measurement inaccuracies.
Rapid Finds a Niche: Quick-Turn Automated Conformal Coating
By Jake Grom, Industry Consultant
(FL}Successful companies often begin with a single good idea. Sometimes it is a matter of capitalizing on an opportunity that is too good to pass up. Automated conformal coating services provider Rapid Coatings, Inc. found a niche for itself in a segment of the industry that has, for decades ...
Tate Technology Says Yes to E by SIPLACE
By Michael Skinner, Assistant Editor
(FL}Admittedly a lower-volume contract manufacturer, 25-year-old Tate Technology was an unlikely adopter of the market's newest mid-speed placement technology. But, its visionary leader knew that if the company was to grow, its placement capability needed an overhaul. "My job is to say ...
When Did Smart Become So Sexy?
By Philip Stoten (
One of my favorite quotes this year came from an automotive engineer at CES 2017: "Smart is the new sexy." This came during a press conference for a concept car that focused on data speed, rather than road speed. When did "smart" become so attractive?
Bringing PCB Prototyping to the Workbench
By Carlos Ospina, CTO and Cofounder, BotFactory, Inc.
The vast majority of electronics, from medical devices to smartphones, are designed and purchased in the United States, yet are nearly always manufactured offshore in Asia. Prototyping the first iterations of these electronic devices is often done in the same factory where millions ...
How to Choose the Best EMS Provider
By David Raby, President, STI Electronics, Inc.
When choosing an EMS provider, its capabilities must be carefully taken into account. Capability includes equipment, supply chain options and control, staff, facility/process quality certifications, ITAR and security clearances (if applicable), and the facility's location.
Intelligent Power Converters Provide Flexibility for Marine Electronics
By Ed Sullivan
To operate marine electronics and communication devices, power converters such as inverters, battery chargers and power supplies are often installed to convert available DC or AC to the appropriate power outputs required.
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